A robin feeding in a garden ready to be counted in the Big Garden Birdwatch
– Photo credit: DENISE BRADLEY

Thousands of families across East Anglia are expected to have participated in the 2021 Big Garden Birdwatch, which has become one of the most important wildlife surveys in the country

This year’s event is 42 and the RSPB, which organizes it every year, believes that more people than ever before could have attended because people’s interest in nature has increased during the closings

Watching birds and hearing the chirping of birds have helped people during the pandemic in the lead up to the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch

The wildlife charity expects high turnout in its annual garden bird survey over the weekend and is encouraging people to participate to “lift the spirits” at the recent lockdown

A YouGov survey of the pre-bird watching RSPB found that nearly two-thirds of respondents (63%) felt like they were watching birds and hearing their song, which added to their zest for life, especially over the past 12 months / p>

More than half (51%) of the 2nd071 adults surveyed said the coronavirus pandemic had sensitized them to the natural world around them, while two-fifths (41%) said they spotted wildlife in their area that they hadn’t noticed before

A female blackbird feeding in a garden during the Big Garden Birdwatch
– Photo credit: DENISE BRADLEY

Beccy Speight, executive director of the RSPB, said, “Lockdowns have brought few benefits, but the past year has either started or rekindled a love of nature for many people”

The Big Garden Birdwatch is an important tool for monitoring the fate of common garden birds House sparrows and starlings take first and second place in 2020 – however, data from the last four decades show declines in both species.Blue tits were third in 2020

House sparrows returned to the top of the bird watching tree last year
– Photo credit: DENISE BRADLEY

Two other garden favorites, blackbirds and robins, have also declined significantly since the survey began in 1979, according to the RSPB

The results of the bird watching and the “top ten” garden visitors are expected to be published by the RSPB later this year This should also show how many people took part in this year’s survey

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